Wills and Estate Planning

Making a Will may be one of the most important documents you will ever make.

A Will sets out exactly what you want to happen to your property and allows you to choose who you would like to deal with your affairs after your death.

Without a Will the State directs who inherits your property and belongings. Your estate could end up in the hands of people you have no wish to benefit.

It is particularly important to have a Will if you are not married or not in a registered civil partnership. This is because the law does not automatically recognise cohabitants as having the same rights as husbands, wives and civil partners. As a result even if you have lived together for many years, your partner may be left with nothing if you have not made a will.

A Will allows you to make provisions for any children or other dependants you may have. For example your will could contain provisions setting out who you would want to care for your children in the event of your death.

By making a Will you may be able to limit any inheritance tax due from your estate. You can leave specific gifts to loved ones and friends and also make charitable gifts.

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